Connect with us
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Image: Magnet Releasing

Film

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning: A Generic Action Movie

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Review

Although it looks like a generic action movie on paper, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is actually a lot messier on screen, both physically and stylistically. Combining Gaspar Noé-style strobe light disorientation and long takes with David Cronenberg-inspired body wreckage, the movie looks and feels like a departure from the normal action movie affair; yet, at its heart, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is still fairly generic.

The story centers on John (Scott Adkins), a man recovering from a coma, and the brutal deaths of his wife and daughter. With a vivid picture of the killer, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), in his mind, John tries to figure out what exactly happened and why. Things are complicated as he’s shadowed by a mysterious character (MMA fighter Andrei Arlovski) sent by Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), the leader of an army of rogue UniSols whom are ‘free’ from the government (free in the Fight Club sense of the word).

The major problem with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning is its erratic pacing. With hints of a slow-building and measured character study in the works, the movie will punctuate the slog of ham-fisted dialogue and wooden acting with vociferous action. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise since the acting is not particularly up to snuff; if you combined the appearance of Ben Affleck with the screen presence of Jason Statham and dialed everything down a bit, you’d have Mr. Adkins’ performance. But because we, like John, don’t know what’s going on when he encounters physical conflict, the fighting seems like fighting for fighting’s sake, missing some context or reasons to really care.

Taking the same direction as The Raid: RedemptionDay of Reckoning assumes that blimey, balls-to-the-wall action will overshadow the fragility of the script. But at least The Raid had the courtesy to set up the simple premise in the beginning and have the action play out for the rest of the duration. Day of Reckoning wants us to piece together a vague story that seems to meander along and is put aside for stretches of time. This is essentially how the movie pans out: five minutes of bland exposition, then five minutes of hardcore violence, then five minutes of bland exposition, and so forth.

That being said, the fight sequences are really well choreographed, are often visceral, and downright wild. You don’t really need to try and follow the story (they explain everything in the last scene, anyway), but fans of the series, or fans of inspired fight sequences, will likely enjoy Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning for what it is: a generic action movie disguised as art house.

– Justin Li

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published under our old brand, Sound On Sight.

Now Streaming

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Facebook

Trending

Anti-War Anti-War

Three Bestselling Anti-War Novels, Three A-List Film Adaptations…Three Flops:  Castle Keep, Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five

Culture

Vesper poster Vesper poster

Vesper: Sci-Fi That Thinks Big With Limited Means

Culture

Unforgiven movie review Unforgiven movie review

Unforgiven Ushered the Western into its Afterlife 

Culture

Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies

A Full List Of Upcoming Marvel Studios Film And TV Releases

Culture

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The 10 Greatest Comic Issues

Comics

Nope Nope

Jordan Peele’s Nope Explained: A Spectacle of “Bad Miracles”

Film

Alex's War (2022) Alex's War (2022)

Alex’s War, a Documentary Study of Alex Jones, Misses the Big Picture 

Film

All Out 2022 Predictions All Out 2022 Predictions

Way Too Early Predictions for All Out 2022

Wrestling

Signs movie review Signs movie review

M. Night Shyamalan Signs Finds Comfort at the End of the World

Film

Biography: WWE Legends’ Look at Goldberg is One of the Best Wrestling Documentaries Ever 

TV

Detective vs Sleuths Detective vs Sleuths

Detective vs. Sleuths: Buckle Up for a Bumpy Ride

Culture

Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con

Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022: A Full Recap

Culture

Bullet Train movie review Bullet Train movie review

Bullet Train Makes All the Wrong Stops

Culture

High Noon at 70: When Time is of the Essence

Features

Sci-Fi And Superheroes Sci-Fi And Superheroes

Buried Treasures, Hidden Gems – Movies Due For a Revisit: Sci-Fi And Superheroes

Film

Dickie V documentary review Dickie V documentary review

Dickie V Tells the Story of a Beloved Broadcaster 

Film

Connect